The Precision R5500 has all the base components to be converted in to a solid gaming computer.  Precision R5500’s are a dual socket Xeon based 2U workstation.  It is important to note that it supports up to 2 x 1100W Power Supply, which gives you endless options for high end Graphics Cards.  Let us show you how you can build an effective Precision R5500 Gaming PC.

Where to buy?

If you haven’t already acquired a Precision R5500 we’d recommend checking out a company called Serverworlds.  They sell the R5500’s cheap and they provide free ground shipping to the lower 48 states.  You can click on this link and it’ll bring you directly to there R5500 Page: Precision R5500 Link.  You can also try to snag them cheap on Ebay.  However, Ebay can be a bit of a gamble because you never know what you are going to get.

The goal is to purchase the R5500 with a good processor(s) and memory already installed and then you can source the graphics cards, hard drives, and other optional components from other sources.

 

What Processor(s) should I get?

High Clock speed cpu’s are the way to go.

In most cases you can get by with a single processor listed below.  If you plan to stream your gaming on youtube or twitch, we recommend getting 2 processors.

Recommended Processors:

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5667 3.06Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.46 Max Turbo Frequency (SLBVA)

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5677 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.73 Max Turbo Frequency (SLBV9)

Up to 2 x QC Xeon X5687 3.6Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.86Ghz Max Turbo Frequency  (SLBVY)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon X5680 3.33Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.60Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SLBV5)

Up to 2 x 6C Xeon X5690 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs Processors | 3.73Ghz Max Turbo Frequency (SLBVX)

 

How much Memory should I get?

The base line should be a minimum of 12GB of memory.  However, 16GB to 24GB would be ideal.

Memory PNs:

2GB PC10600R 1Rx8 ECC Reg (093VH)

2GB PC10600R 2Rx8 ECC Reg (DP143)

4GB PC10600R 2Rx4 ECC Reg Shielded (NN876)

4GB PC10600R 2Rx8 ECC Reg (7H8J8)

4GB PC10600R 2Rx8 PC3L ECC Reg (9J5WF or H5DDH)

8GB PC10600R 2Rx4 PC3L ECC Reg (P9RN2)

8GB PC10600R 2Rx4 ECC Reg Shielded (X3R5M)

16GB PC10600R 2Rx4 PC3L ECC Reg (MGY5T)

*12800r modules will work as well, they will just clock down to 1066Mhz or 1333Mhz depending on the CPU speed*

 

Recommended Memory configurations:

6 x 2GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (12GB)

4 x 4GB PC10600 ECC Reg Modules (16GB)

6 x 4GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (24GB)

4 x 8GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (32GB)

6 x 8GB PC10600R ECC Reg Modules (48GB)

It’s very important to use 10600R modules because they will run at the max speed supported by the system board and processor.

 

What Hard Drive should I get?

Ideally you would want to have a Solid State Drive as your boot device as well an NVME.2 SSD to store your game libraries/large programs on.  If you are limited on budget you could go with a small SSD for your boot device and a larger capacity 7.2K SATA drive to hold your larger files/programs/games.

 

Recommended SSD Drives:

Samsung 860 EVO 1TB 2.5 Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E1T0B/AM)

Samsung 860 Evo 500GB 2.5 inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-76E500B/AM)

 

Recommended large Capacity SATA Drives:

Dell 1TB SATA 7.2K 6GBPS ES 2.5″ Hard Drive (WF12F)

Seagate 2TB Enterprise SATA 6Gb/s 2.5″ HDD (ST2000NX0253)

 

*NVME.2 Drives cannot be used as a boot device with this model workstation*

NVME.2 PCIe Adapter (You need this if you plan to install an NVME.2 Drive in to this system):

NVME.2 SSD Adapter *Required to Install NVME.2*

 

Recommended NVME.2 SSDs:

 

Samsung 960 EVO Series – 500GB NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E500BW)

Samsung 960 EVO Series – 1TB PCIe NVMe – M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-V6E1T0BW)

 

What Graphics Card should I get?

The precision R5500 has a 1100W Power Supply.  This means you can install pretty much any Graphics Card that you want depending on your budget.  The Graphics Cards below can range from $150 to $1200 each.

Recommended Graphics Cards:

NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1070 TI 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1080 8GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA GTX 1080 TI w/11GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA RTX 2080 w/8GB Graphics Card

 

What type of Monitor should I get?

Ideally it would be nice to get a monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate or better monitor.  However, it really depends on the games you play.  If you play first person shooter games a 144Hz or better monitor is a must.  If you play other games that do not require quick response time then a 60hz monitor should work fine.

Recommended Monitors:

ASUS PG248Q Full HD 144Hz 1MS 24″ Gaming Monitor

ASUS VG278Q Full HD 1080P 144Hz 1MS 27″ Gaming Monitor

ASUS XG258Q ROG Strix 24.5″ 1080P 240Hz 1MS Gaming Monitor

 

Recap:

Using the criteria above you can build a good to borderline high end gaming system using a Precision R5500 Workstation.

 

Sample Configuration:

Precision R5500 2U Workstation

1 x 6C Xeon X5690 3.46Ghz 12MB 6.40GTs

24GB PC10600R (6 x 4GB)

Samsung 256GB 6GBPS SSD + Seagate 2TB SATA 7.2K 6GBPS HDD

GTX1080 w/8GB  Graphics Card

1 x 10/100/1000 Network Port

1 x 1100W Power Supply

DVD-RW

10 Pro 64Bit

 

We have tested this system with games like Dota 2, CS Go, PubG, and The Division.  The frames can range from 60FPS to 200FPS depending on the game and settings that you choose.  The system was tested using a 144Hz 27″ Acer Monitor.

 

Accessories:

SteelSeries QCK Heavy Cloth Gaming Mouse Pad (Click Here)

SteelSeries Apex M750 RGB Mechnical Keyboard (Click Here)

Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gaming Mouse (Click Here)

HyperX Cloud II 7.1 Gaming Headset (Click Here)

El Gato Game Capture HD60 Pro for a Streaming Capture PC (Click Here)

Secretlab Premium Gaming Chairs (Click Here)

 

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